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National team eye first int’l win at SABA games

DSC_7226The National team during a practice session yesterday

Basketball: The Bhutan national basketball team will be looking for their first international win when they take part in the fourth South Asian basketball association (SABA) zone championship at Bangalore from July 3 to 5. After months of speculation over the venue for the tournament, FIBA finally allowed the Basketball Federation of India to host the fourth SABA games, a qualification round of the zone for the 28th FIBA Asia championship for men in China, which will begin from September 23 to October 3. The [... Read More]

An investment guide to attract investors

web-launchLyonpo Norbu Wangchuk and Christina Carlson launch the iGuide

FDI: With the launch of the online “Investment guide (iGuide) to Bhutan” yesterday, investors – local and foreign alike – can now access information for setting up business at the click of a mouse. The iGuide, however, is to help the government get the right information closer to potential investors to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). The website (www.theiguides.org/bhutan) provides a snapshot of all the steps the promoter should follow and contact information of relevant agencies.  The iGuide can be translated into various languages online.

Farmers in need of additional vegetable sheds

IMG_8891Bhangtar bazaar

Market: With the increase in the number of vegetable vendors in Bhangtar bazaar, Samdrupcholing dungkhag, most of the vendors have been forced to display their vegetables in temporary makeshifts. There is only one vegetable shed in the area, about 20 minutes drive from the gewog centre. Locals say there is a need for a proper vegetable market in Bhangtar bazaar. Travelling to the vegetable shed a day ahead of the Sunday market has not been easy for vegetable vendors from Phuntshothang gewog. The farmers spend [... Read More]

LPG dealers start re-qualifying expired cylinders

IMG_3182Expired in the last quarter of 2012

Gas: Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) dealers in Phuentsholing have started sending their cylinders to be re-qualified at the North Bengal Cylinders (NBC) plant, Siliguri, India. While Bhutan Oil Distributor (BOD) and Druk Petroleum Corporation Limited (DPCL) have already sent their consignments, Damchen Petroleum is sending its expired cylinders today. The expired cylinders are sent to the North Bengal Cylinders (NBC) plant at Fatakupur, Siliguri for testing and re-qualifying.  DPCL has sent around 900 expired cylinders and BOD has sent around 765 cylinders. Damchen will be [... Read More]

Exploring 21st century life skills for young scouts

IMG_0747Scout leaders from Asia Pacific Region are attending the seminar

Scouts: In a move towards exploring possibilities of making scouting relevant and attractive to today’s youth, about 30 Asia Pacific Regional scout leaders have gathered in Paro for a four-day seminar that began yesterday. In another four days, the top leaders will discuss and share about integrating 21st century life-skills into scouting. Discussion will be made on defining 21st century life skills and how young people could acquire them. Education secretary Sangay Zam in her opening remarks said discussing life skills for the 21st century [... Read More]

Imports impede growth of tshazo

IMG_9083Unsold: Weavers from Decheling display the bamboo products that didn’t sell at the expo

Cheaper and better kitchen appliances from outside the country are killing the culture  Bamboo craft: One obvious reason the trade  deficit is widening and economy is increasingly becoming rupee driven is because Bhutan imports even goods as basic as a toothpick, which could be produced easily from its rich forest resources through tshazo (bamboo craft) practising communities. This, according to those in the tshazo business, is impeding the growth of the tradition, which is also a source of cash income for hundreds of people.  The [... Read More]

Thimchu washes away a 14-year-old boy

20150622Residents and volunteers in Dechencholing wade through the Thimchu in search of a 14-year-old boy who was washed away yesterday morning

Accident: Search is still on for a 14-year-old boy who was washed away by the Thimchu in Dechencholing yesterday morning. The incident happened around 11:40am when the boy and his three friends were walking towards Kabisa after their examination. They are all students of Dechencholing Higher Secondary School. The three boys told the school’s vice principal, Samdrup Wangdi that the football they were playing with fell into the river near Pangrizampa Bridge. The boys followed the football as the river carried it downstream. When they [... Read More]

Tshazo resources decreasing

DuplicateA Bjokha resident weaves a bangchung

Craft: Tshazo (bamboo craft), one of the chief sources of income for communities in Bjoka in Zhemgang, Jangbi in Trongsa and Pasaphu of Kangpar in Trashigang, is slowly disappearing because of lack of raw materials. Government’s stringent control and Community Forest Management (CFM) is also affecting tshazo makers. In Bjoka and Kangpar, locals say that tshazo is what enables families send their children to schools. “Income from tshazo is what made children from the poor villages like ours able citizen,” said Sangye, Bjoka Tshazo Tshogpa’s [... Read More]

Pamos and Jachungs win Coronation Cup

basketballfinalWinners of the Coronation Cup, 2015

Both share a record of not losing a single game in the tournament Basketball: Team Pamos humbled Mystiques 70-23 in women’s category and Jachungs defeated Pazaps 69-59 in the men’s category to win the 2015 Coronation Cup basketball championship in Thimphu yesterday. The first game of the championship saw Pamos take the lead from the beginning of the game doubling their lead in each quarter. Pamos were undefeated during the whole tournament with six wins from six. Their victory during the championship games yesterday at [... Read More]

Govt. has derailed self-reliance goal – Opposition

DSC_6742Meet the press II: Leader of the opposition party, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho

Opposition trashes ruling party’s governance as populist and self-defeating Meet the press: The government has derailed the goal of self-reliance by merely setting it as an 11th Plan target and implementing initiatives that are contradictory to the goal. So claims the opposition party in its session with the press yesterday. “So far, we’ve been slowly doing away with subsidies,” said the opposition leader, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho.  But the idea of free electricity, power tiller and tax exemption on rural business, the opposition leader said, was [... Read More]

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